Great Powder of the Manmade Variety today, with Natural Snow in the Forecast!

Brad Panovich is forecasting the "return of snow & cold" on his latest Skier’s Video Forecast! We’re having a little connectivity issue remotely from Snowshoe today but we should have that resolved a little later today and we’ll get that video posted for you guys.

Brad’s forecast was released to us Sunday night and he is forecasting northwest flow snow showers for Monday AM, Tuesday AM, Wednesday AM and he’s even saying that we could have another "BIG STORM" heading our way! Before we get to the potential of another big storm, we’re in for 1-3" of snow across the mountains of North Carolina and 6-7" around Snowshoe, WV, Canaan Valley, Timberline and up.

Late Wednesday into Thursday is what is getting Meteorologist Brad Panovich’s attention (and snow lovers as well). All of the ingredients look to be coming together to produce a big Nor’easter. We’ll keep our eyes on that and let you know what Brad’s latest forecast is on Wednesday morning. That should be interesting!

The highs forecasted for all this week look to produce some around the clock snowmaking opportunities for resorts to make snow with highs in the 20s and low 30s with overnight lows in the teens and 20s!

I am on a Holiday ski getaway of my own this AM at beautiful Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia and we began getting snow last night as several of us made some crazy, great turns over on Silvercreek. They were making snow on terrain that was not open so for all of the trails that WERE open there were perfect conditions and no snowmaking. That made for a great time with perhaps 30 second lift lines. We made a dozen turns down the mountain and headed for our vacation rental about the time the snow hit.

This morning it is snowing rather hard and we have a good 3" of so on our rails and I’m finishing this report in a "hopefully" understandable hurry to go make some first tracks in this powder!

Man it gets easier and easier to do the snow reports now that more and more resorts are closing in on 100% open status! You could sum things up by just mentioning trails open at each resort and posting something like, "Are you guys CRAZY for not being on the snow" and leave it at that!

Expect powder conditions everywhere today, whether that powder is of the manmade variety or God’s own natural snow. Here’s some notes:

Appalachian Ski Mountain is 100% open with great conditions and all three terrain parks and ice skating!

Beech Mountain Resort is open with 12 of 15 trails open, terrain park features and ice skating!

Cataloochee Ski Area is 100% open with all 16 trails, the terrain park and tubing!

Wolf Ridge Resort has backed trails open to 8 of 20 today. They had 18 trails open with last week’s natural blizzard providing the base. Those trails are now seeing focused snow making ops and they hope to open more terrain soon. They have tubing and their terrain park open as well.

Hawksnest’s tubing and zip lining, Scaly’s Tubing and Sapphire Valley Ski Area are all open. Several reporting services are still claiming Sapphire is not open yet but they have both trails and snow tubing operating.

Sugar Mountain is now open with 19 of 20 trails, their terrain park, ice skating, tubing and the kitchen sink available…with super, sweet conditions. They are making snow as well.

We’ll share some featured photos and videos with you guys a little later this afternoon once I can get back into my desktop and post to the site.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s already snowing northward so be sure to click over to www.SkiSoutheast.com  to see what the conditions are like for all of the ski resorts of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic! You can check the snow reports for all of the ski resorts of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and North Carolina via http://www.skisoutheast.com/skireports.php  as well as videos, photos and more.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.